If you ever thought about getting a coach, Atul Gawande’s New Yorker article, “Personal Best” and NPR interview  may interest you.  Gawande observes the impact coaches have on professions from top athletes to singers and suggests a coach could benefit other professions from surgeons to anyone.  His story reveals the power of coaching when striving to improve performance or achieve a goals or plan a career move.

If you have hit a plateau or looking to make a bigger impact in your life or organization, consider getting a coach.  While they are not “teachers, they teach.”   A coach can help you set a goal and break down the steps to set you on your path.  They are not “your boss, but can be bossy” when holding your accountable for making progress.  A good coach can observe, guide and challenge. 

To learn more about the impact a coach made on a surgeon and explore the value coaching may have on your life, read Gawande’s article in the New Yorker Magazine or listen to an interview with him on NPR’s Marketplace.

Even if you don’t have time to read the entire article, the cartoons are great.